CV writing tips and techniques

A lot of people tend not to like writing about themselves. Or others tend to feel a bit odd at having to boast about themselves, or others go the other way and are tempted to oversell themselves, running the risk of getting caught out at a future date. Therefore we want to help with some simple tips.

Presentation of a CV

Use good quality white paper with a plain type face.
Avoid italics and decorative fonts, and don’t add an ornate border – you want to be noticed for what you say, not how you present it.
Try to keep your CV to no more than two pages (best: stapled together), ideally only one page.
Structure of a CV

Place your name right at the top of the front page, with your contact details directly underneath. Your work number should only be mentioned if you don’t mind being contacted there.
Have a clear structure. It should always be easy to understand and to read. Your goal is to present facts about yourself concisely and with clarity.
Use bullet points rather than complete sentences to avoid unnecessary wordiness.
List your educational history, academic achievements and work experience in reverse order – university degree should come before your school exam results.
Never leave time gaps. If you took a year out, or carried out interim assignments, say so – otherwise, employers can suspect the worst.
Leave nothing to chance

Leave your hobbies and interests until last – and keep it short
Double-check and proofread your content

Check your work carefully – always run a spell check over it. Re-read to ensure accuracy; ask a person/friend to check it too.
If sending by post: Send it off in a good quality, clearly addressed, A4 envelope and post it first class/A-post (this indicates efficiency)

Your CV is the first impression your potential employer will have of you. Take the time to get it right – you may not have a second chance!


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